The return of James O’Connor and the type of Quade Cooper might spell dangerous information for Wallabies fullback Tom Banks.
Former Wallabies fullback Chris Latham says room have to be made in Australia’s beginning backline for each Quade Cooper and James O’Connor, with present custodian Tom Banks shaping as the autumn man.
Banks has began at fullback in all of the Wallabies seven Tests this 12 months regardless of combined evaluations about his performances.
However, with Cooper starring at flyhalf in his return to Test rugby after a four-year absence in Australia’s 28-26 weekend win over South Africa, and the Wallabies’ former No.10 O’Connor being match once more after a protracted injury-enforced absence. Latham desires them each within the crew for Saturday’s return Rugby Championship bout with the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium.
O’Connor’s versatility has him greater than able to taking part in at fullback, with his capacity to stay to a construction in addition to play some ad-lib soccer making him a gorgeous proposition.
“With Quade played playing so well at 10 I couldn’t see that being changed,” Latham stated.
“Whilst I understand the importance of structure, also you need that unpredictability in your team as well.
“You need those players that can play unpredictable rugby within the structure. I thought that was the difference that Quade brought.
“He made the Boks sit back and watch and look because they just didn’t know what he was going to do, but he still played very well within the structure whilst doing that.
“Having O’Connor, another strike weapon out there, (inside centre) Samu (Kerevi) with that direct running and to offload, and that ability to ball play as well, that mix will just make the Boks think ‘if we rush, we’re going to get hurt, so we have to wait’ and then you get that indecision, and that’s where opportunities start.”
Latham, who made 78 appearances for the Wallabies from 1998 to 2007 and performed at three World Cups, stated it could be a troublesome, however maybe needed, name to depart out Banks, who has regarded unconvincing underneath the excessive ball.
“I’ve been in that position myself over the years with certain players coming and going,” he stated.
“We knew going into that game last week that the Springboks were going to kick a lot of high balls, and it was going to take us to be on our game on every one of those to defuse that, we “It’s just one of those cut-throat positions that each week if you’re not on that 100 per cent level and you’ve got someone like O’Connor or someone else in the mix, there’s that opportunity for them that they’re going to try that.”
Former Wallabies flyhalf and inside centre Elton Flatley backed Latham’s name for O’Connor to play at fullback to make sure each he and Cooper began collectively.
“We know James is a world-class play when fit, so if he’s fit and ready to get out there, like Quade he’s got that experience and he’s got the know-how to play Test rugby,” Flatley stated.
“He’d go out and definitely do a job in the 15 jersey.”
Flatley, whose 38 Tests included the 2003 World Cup last, was pleasantly stunned with Cooper’s weekend efficiency, which included eight from eight with the boot, one coming after the siren to win the match for Australia.
“For Quade to not play international rugby for four years and come back the way he did was tremendous,” Flatley stated.
“I didn’t think he’s go that well but he’s physically in fantastic nick, and he was rock solid. You couldn’t fault him. I was really happy for him.”